PCC/NFM Program

Our new collaboration with PCC Community Markets & Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets

PCC Community Markets began partnering with Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets last year after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, in response to the public’s rising levels of food insecurity. Working with Harvest Against Hunger and the tools and knowledge of our preexisting Farm to Community programs, PCC initially donated $80,000 to NFM to help establish a CSA-type contracting model that would allow NFM to provide upfront payment to local farms to sell their produce to food banks, as many small farmers were unable to sell their produce in their usual avenues when markets and restaurants began to close.

With PCC’s donations, along with over $212,000 in funding raised by the public through PCC Food Bank Program, this partnership been able to support 15 Seattle-area food banks and 14 farms across 7 counties around WA in just its first season.

This program is extremely beneficial to our operations because we are receiving locally-grown, high-quality product. This program provides access to an assortment of produce that is not generally available to the food bank or our community members who are facing food insecurity.
Mike Hatada
Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

History

Our partnership with PCC Community Markets and Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets began with the goals of providing both an alternative income stream for NFM’s small farms whose businesses were threatened by the closures of Seattle farmers markets in spring 2020, and fresh produce for food banks in PCC’s Food Bank program experiencing greater demand during the pandemic. While the partnership was initially meant to be a short-term solution to COVID-19’s impacts on food security and the local farm economy, its multiplier benefits have allowed it to become more established in the region’s food system. With increasingly successful fundraisers, the program has continued to expand, and is preparing for another year of farm-to-food bank contracting.

      2021 Farms

  • Sno-Valley Gardens 
    Windy Acre Farms
    Present Tense Farms
    Lee Lor Gardens
    AG Family Farm
    Alvarez Farms
    Canales Produce
    Farias Farm
    Hayton Farms Berries
    Kirsop Farm
    Regino Farm
    Viva Farms
    Mariposa Farm
  • Tonnemaker Family Orchard

      2021 Food Banks

  • Chicken Soup Brigade
  • Byrd Barr Place
    Des Moines Area Food Bank
    Ballard Food Bank
    University District Food Bank
    FamilyWorks – Wallingford Food Bank
    Highline Area Food Bank
    North Helpline – Bitter Lake/Lake City Food Bank
    Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank
    Jewish Family Service – Polack Food Bank
    Maltby Food Bank
    Hopelink – Bellevue, Redmond, Kirkland
    Rainier Valley Food Bank
    White Center Food Bank
    West Seattle Food Bank
    Westgate Chapel